So it seems I've joined the group of people that spend a couple of weeks before finishing their con report! My goal was to bang it out the day after, however...
Thank you everyone who stopped by our table to say "Hi."
Thank you for giving the book a chance, thank you for letting us know if you are a Colin fan! (lol)
Being my first con, you'd think expectations would make sure things gets done early. Instead I was plagued with Things Not to Do for a Con. I drew the minicomic overnight last minute, it was constructed last minute, the printed con book was finished last minute and paid nearly double to have it shipped in time. Lesson learned: Do it now not later!
We arrived at the hotel late night Friday and met
in person! She lent us her long stapler so we could finish the minicomic. She saved our bacon!
Saturday morning, it was daunting walking into the main hall. At first the lights didn't feel bright enough and everything echoed. Alice and Kasey found some gorgeous table clothes that matched both of our themes we were going for. Lesson learned: take a photo once the table is set up.
We sat with Kasey,
, Emily, and
. Oh man, they set a bar high for table neighbors. Everyone was so much fun and wonderful reassuring me how these things work. Thank you guys so much for the wonderful experience, I hope we can table with each other at any cons we attend. I promise to not be so quiet next time.
Doors opened to the public and people POURED in--it gave me a scare! Kasey warned me the room would get loud enough to have to almost shout, but I didn't think it would be THAT bad. Asking people that are right next to me to repeat themselves--it really was that loud! I noticed a few tables down a gal was wearing ear plugs.
Right away seeing the first people walk by, I became self-conscious. Would anyone recognize our comic? Would we sell? But soon after several readers found us! Then I became self-conscious for different reasons, ha ha. I did my first autograph and drawing but I was so panicked and nervous I botched the sketch enough having to replace the book. XD Lesson learned: Don't use liquid roller or ballpoint pens for sketching in books. We had to give readers the books opened and ask them to wait until it dried before closing them.
I felt like I was SO SLOW drawing, I worried about making people stand and wait. Being huddled on the floor to sketch, I couldn't talk either. I learned quickly how to draw chibi heads and it was fun to come up with different types of expressions for the guys. Lessons learned: Bring a board to draw on, don't be afraid to ask which character they might like, and don't be conscious about how much time it takes.
Within the first 2 hours I already became overwhelmed, having to take a break and drink chamomile tea that was in our room. (That stuff is magical
calming nerves.) Alice was incredible--she held down the fort the entire time. It inspired me to try to take the reigns a few times, however I froze like a deer in headlights when it came to try to "sell" GC. XD I want to work on that more.
I got to shake hands and say "Hi" to friends and folks I met on the internet!
(I have the poof gently taped on my monitor >w<
(I'm glad you stopped by a second and third time
), Niki (Thank you for the book! I'm sorry we couldn't hold the pointy.
(Thank you for the sparkly button!), I don't remember the names of a really nice couple (I'm so so sorry) but I DO remember the postcard they gave me with the cutest penguin on it. [link]
(The rumors are true: SWEETEST PERSON EVER. Everyone was smitten with her!
Thinking back, the hours went by like a blur. Saturday we sold out of all but one pointy in less than 3 hours. Sunday was a little
better than Saturday, but I ruined it by jinxing ourselves. We sold a lot of books right off the bat and I bet we'd sell out of our last 6 books. OH, EASILY
. Well, they never sold. (lol)
Lesson learned: BRING WATER AND FOOD. We did not bring those on Saturday. Just barely on Sunday. Towards the end of the day it was hard to enjoy the con when your stomach HATES you and sure won't let you forget it.
I was really scared going into this but I came out refreshed and buzzing with ideas. I want to attend more cons, make new things for every con, and work on my social skills so I can actually talk comics. (lol)
Lesson learned: Just go for it!Upcoming deadlines:
Prep for Act 3 (Begins October 1st!)